|224 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620|
|Monday - Friday: 9:30AM to 5:00PM|
|585 256 1740|
|<information AT swpc DOT org>|
The South Wedge Planning Committee (SWPC) is a nonprofit dedicated to building community in the South Wedge. It encourages a full range of housing opportunities and promotes a diverse, historically significant, and commercially viable urban village. The SWPC also manages the South Wedge/ Cornhill Tool Lending Library, the South Wedge Farmers Market and the South Wedge Victory Garden.
The SWPC is a partnership of neighbors and entrepreneurs working together. Started in 1975 as an outreach program of Calvary St. Andrews Church, it is funded by a variety of public and private sources. It is built on the dedication of many diverse volunteers, who provide leadership for our organization and vision for the future of the Greater South Wedge Area community.
The South Wedge Planning Committee publishes a bi-monthly (February, April, June, October and December) not-for-profit 16-page newspaper called The Wedge. The Wedge first appeared in 1982 and was then called The S.O.S. News. After over two decades, the newspaper reaches a circulation of 7000 and is distributed to over 100 retail businesses in the Greater Rochester area. Its stories include news about the organization's projects, profiles of Wedge businesses and residents and a variety of columns: Heart of the City (human interest),Community Builders (news about neighborhood associations and events), Business Buzz and Arts & Leisure.
Each year in August the SWPC used to hold Wedgestock, a community-building street festival on South Avenue that attracted some 5,000 visitors. The day-long event included music, food vendors, craft booths along with the city's only Pet Parade. Unfortunately, the festival grew too big for the organization to handle and was discontinued in 2013.
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